§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if there are any plans to end the green card insurance requirement for British motorists travelling in EEC countries as a result of the Single European Act.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
There is no requirement for motorists to have a green card when driving in other Community countries. Motor insurance policies issued in one member state already provide the cover required in law in each of the others. For convenience, United Kingdom insurers issue green cards to drivers who wish to extend the full cover provided by their domestic policies. This use of the green card does not correspond with its original purpose. To use some other form of certification as evidence of the extension of such cover would introduce an additional complication at a time when the aim is for freer movement between EC countries.